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dedicated service on behalf of the american people. as a nobel prize-winning physicist or scientist, steve brought to the energy department a unique understanding of both the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunity that clean energy represents for our country. this again is the president speaking. during his time as secretary, steve helped my administration move america toward real energy independence. over the past four years we have doubled the use of renewable energy, dramatically reduced our dependence on foreign oil and put our country on a path to win the global race for clean energy jobs. you can readed the full statement at your leisure. without that i'll go to questions. >> thanks. does the president consider the attack on our embassy in turkey to be a terrorist attack and does have he information about who may have perpetrated it? >> that's an excellent question. the act -- a suicide bombing on the perimeter of an embassy is by definition an act of terror. it is a terrorist attack. however, we do not know at this point who is responsible or th
blunt than peter. i think there's a great little passage in water isaacson's biography of steve jobs and president obama's speech on undocumented immigration and what he's able to get on that front. remember that slice of the population that is foreign born, you know, a decent number of them are part of the electorate now and are engaged and this comes down to recognition and respect. there was bipartisan legislation done at the start of visa and things like that and i think you're right, a piecemeal approach would be sane but from the perspective of the lobbyists, it makes sense that well let's attack this all at once because if you have attached the attractive piece of legislation to less attractive piece of legislation -- considering with the affordable care act, if you saw just the coverage expanding provisions in one law, it wouldn't look improving. if only have the revenue provisions of the affordable care act, it looks like a massive tax increase. combine them into one single piece of legislation, it's attractive. i think it's the same dynamic and i think that's why we should
about which approached the preferred. steve? >> 43 republican senators signed a letter to the president today, saying they would block any nominee for the consumer financial protection bureau, unless you change the law, the same stance they had in the last congress. i wonder if you have any reaction. >> it is unfortunate that a minority of the u.s. senate continues to oppose the implementation of wall street reform designed to protect the american taxpayer from the kind of crisis we sought engendered by the collapse of our financial sector in 2007 and 2008. it was designed to protect the establishment -- it was established to make sure that the average americans who have dealings with financial institutions have somebody in washington looking out for their interest, because financial institutions, as you know, have plenty of people in washington looking out for theirs. it is unfortunate that republicans have continued their efforts to oppose this bureau, oppose the implementation of a key component of the wall street reform law. it is tough to explain to the american people, whose memor
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